Oh, you don’t want your money used to pimp a program that you don’t support? Still pissed off about AnDy Griffith’s grotesque propaganda last year? Tough!

The Obama administration is kicking off a nationwide ad campaign urging seniors to take advantage of free preventive services such as cancer screenings made possible in Medicare by the new healthcare law.

Free? Surely, even the LA Times isn’t dumb enough to believe that … right?

The campaign — featuring television and radio ads in English and Spanish … comes on the heels of a new report showing that less than one in six Medicare beneficiaries have taken advantage of the new benefit since President Obama signed the law last year.

Oh, and here’s another whopper about the “free” preventive care:

[ObamaCare] includes numerous provisions to encourage more preventive care, which many health experts believe is critical to controlling long-term health costs.

Actually, most experts believe preventive care will increase cost:

The New England Journal of Medicine, in a review of hundreds of preventive-care studies showed that fewer than 20% saved money, while the rest added to costs.

And the CBO concluded much the same. In 2009, Director Elmendorf wrote:

The evidence suggests that for most preventive services, expanded utilization leads to higher, not lower, medical spending overall.

So, the Obama administration is going to squander our tax money to promote a program that will in all likelihood save few lives and increase costs like nobody’s business.

Come on 2012!

Comments 1

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    That’s right David – the Medicare people are deliberately going to pick the preventive services that are not cost effective rather than the ones that are. And your hypocrisy is breathtaking – you scream when any guidance comes our recommending against a procedure or screening because they are not cost effective.

    By the way, one of my relations has just had to wait 8 hours to be seen in one of your wonderful ERs for a serious infection that then saw her hospitalised for two days and flown home. In the UK she would have been seen very quickly.

    Posted 21 Jun 2011 at 6:15 am

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